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2008 - 2009 Season Archive


Music Events

Thomas Young, tenor and Susan Eichhorn-Young, soprano* with Judith Lynn Stillman, piano
From Handel to Hammerstein

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 9/17/2008 1:00 PM

Question & Answer Session Follows

RIC Chamber Orchestra & String Chamber Ensembles*
John Sumerlin, Director

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 10/5/2008 7:30 PM

Black and Blue
RIC Wind Ensemble

Robert Franzblau, Conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 10/10/2008 8:00 PM

General Seating $7

For the RIC Wind Ensemble's first concert of the 2008-09 season, the rather curious title "Black and Blue" refers to the clarinet (black) paired with jazz and rock styles (blue) in some of most mind-bending sounds in the wind band repertoire. Ian Greitzer, assistant professor of clarinet, will be featured on composer Scott McAllister's Black Dog, a work inspired by the hard rock song of the same name by Led Zeppelin. Frank Ticheli's Blue Shades, a "colorful" work blending jazz and classical styles, will also be featured. Jason Thomson '03, a clarinet performance graduate of RIC, will also appear as soloist on this concert.

RIC Symphony Orchestra
With guest John Sumerlin, violin
Edward Markward, Conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 10/13/2008 8:00 PM

General Seating $7

The CSO's first concert of the year will feature faculty member John Sumerlin in Prokofiev's ever-popular Violin Concerto No. 2, in G Minor. Professor Sumerlin teaches violin and coaches chamber music at the College where he also conducts the Chamber Orchestra. He is a founding member of Trio Rhode, the faculty trio. Featured as well is Beethoven's 7th Symphony in A Major, referred to by Richard Wagner as "the apotheosis of the dance." The concert will open with Philip Glass's Company. Edward Markward conducts.

An Evening with Edmund White*
Sponsored by Shoreline

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 10/14/2008 8:00 PM

Celebrated novelist Edmund White reads
from his work.

RIC Jazz Workshop Combos Performance*
Greg Abate, Director

Where: Helen Forman Theatre
When: 10/15/2008 7:00 PM

Sponsored by Department of Music, Theatre and Dance

Faculty Recital*

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 10/16/2008 8:00 PM

Sponsored by Department of Music, Theatre and Dance

Aurea Ensemble*
Music and Poetry

Wednesday Chamber Music Series

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 10/29/2008 1:00 PM

Question & Answer Session Follows

Annual Halloween Collage Concert
Department of Music, Theatre and Dance

Where: Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: 10/31/2008 8:00 PM

General Admission $10

RIC Chamber Orchestra & String Chamber Ensembles*
John Sumerlin, Director

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 11/16/2008 7:30 PM

RI Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensembles and the RIC Wind Ensemble

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 11/18/2008 8:00 PM

Sponsored by Department of Music, Theatre and Dance

Michael Reynolds, cello and Judith Lynn Stillman, piano*
Bravo Beethoven

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 11/19/2008 1:00 PM

Wednesday Chamber Music Series
Question & Answer Session Follows

New York System*
New Music Ensemble

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 11/20/2008 8:00 PM

Wednesday Chamber Music Series
Question & Answer Session Follows

Cantabile
RIC Wind Ensemble

Rob Franzblau, Conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 12/5/2008 8:00 PM


General Admission $7

"Cantabile" is a musical term meaning literally "in a singing style," and the concert on December 5th bears that title with good reason. The RIC Wind Ensemble with guest Frederic Scheff will perform music for wind ensemble and vocal solo written by Leonard Bernstein, and Gustav Mahler. Also featured on the concert will be three works for wind ensemble inspired by vocal music: Thomas Duffy's Gnomon, Fisher Tull's Sketches on a Tudor Psalm, and Ralph Vaughan Williams' celebrated Folk Song Suite.

RIC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Markward, Conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 12/8/2008 8:00 PM

General Admission $7

The CSO will feature Joseph D. Foley, Assoc. Professor of Music, as soloist in Alexander Aratunian's splashy Trumpet Concerto. Mr. Foley is principal trumpet of the RI Philharmonic and a frequent performer with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, as well as teaching trumpet and related subjects at the College. Leonard Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony (No.1) will also be performed and feature RIC faculty member Georgette Hutchins as mezzo-soprano soloist. Mahler's touching "Adagietto" from the Fifth Symphony opens the program. Edward Markward conducts.

Paula Robinson, flute and Judith Lynn Stillman, piano*
Folk Dance and Cabaret: Bartok and Poulenc

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 12/10/2008 1:00 PM

Question & Answer Session Follows
Wednesday Chamber Music Series

RIC Winter Choral Concert
RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers, Women's Chorus & Men's Chorus

Teresa Coffman, Conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 12/12/2008 8:00 PM

General Admission $4

This winter choral concert will feature the four RIC choral ensembles in performances of works by important composers throughout western music history, holiday favorites, as well as non-traditional and lesser-known composers and pieces. Featured composers include Felix Mendelssohn, Václav Nelhýbel, J. S. Bach, among others. The RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women's Chorus are conducted by Teresa Coffman and the RIC Men's Chorus is led by Tianxu Zhou.

RIC Concert Jazz Band Winter Concert*
Joseph Foley, Director

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
When: 12/15/2008 8:00 PM

Evan Premo, Double Bass with Judith Lynn Stillman, Piano

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center
When: 2/4/2009 1:00p.m.

The Wednesday One Oíclock Chamber Music Series will a present a season of exciting entertainment. Celebrity Series: Judith Lynn Stillman and Friends will begin Feb. 4 with a concert featuring Stillman, the Collegeís artist-in-residence on piano, and Evan Premo, a double bassist who plays folk and classic music.

Neo-Classics
RIC Wind Ensemble

Robert Franzblau, Conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center
When: 2/27/2009 8:00 p.m.

On Feb. 27, the RIC Wind Ensemble will present Neo-Classics, music of the early-to-mid 20th century that favored emotional restraint, balance and traditional forms. Robert Franzblau will conduct the ensemble in a concert that will feature Tochís Spiel for wind band, Persichetiiís Symphony No. 6 for band and Mozartís Serenade in B-Flat for winds. The winner of the annual Senior Concerto Competition will also perform. General Admission $7

Chamber Music at Rhode Island College*
RIC Chamber Orchestra and Small Ensambles

John Sumerlin, Conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center
When: 3/1/2009 7:30 p.m.

The Cassatt String Quartet* with Judith Lynn Stillman, Piano
Wednesday Chamber Music Series

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center
When: 3/4/2009 1:00 p.m.
Question/Answer Session Follows

The Cassatt String Quartet will join Judith Stillman on March 4. This acclaimed quartet has played together for 22 years, and tours throughout North America, Europe and the Far East.

RIC Spring Choral Concert with Guest Composer/Conductor Eleanor Daley
RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers, Womenís Chorus and RIC Menís Chorus

Teresa Coffman, Conductor
Tianxu Zhou, Conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center
When: 3/6/2009 8:00 p.m.

This Spring concert will feature the RIC Choral Chamber Ensembles, RIC Chamber Singers, Women's Chorus, and Men's Chorus, as well as graduating senior music majors in an evening celebrating spring.

RIC Symphony Orchestra*
With Guests Peter Zazofsky, Violin and Judith Lynn Stillman, Piano
14th Samuel and Esther Chester Performance Award Concert

Edward Markward, Conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center
When: 3/16/2009 8:00 p.m.

On March 16, the RIC Symphony Orchestra's 14th Annual Samuel and Esther Chester Performance Award Concert will feature violinist Peter Zazovsky from the Muir String Quartet and RICís Judith Lynn Stillman. The concert will be the statewide premiere of the late Rhode Island composer Paul Nelsonís Sinfonietta marking the 80th anniversary of his birth. The orchestra will also perform Mendelssohnís Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra and Tchaikovskyís Symphony No. 5. Edward Markward will conduct.

RIC Jazz Workshop Combos Performance*
Greg Abate, Director

Where: Forman Theatre inthe Nazarian Center
When: 3/18/2009 6:30 p.m.

RIC Wind Ensemble, RI Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and The American Band

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center
When: 3/22/2009 3:00 p.m.

Deborah Griffin Memorial Faculty Recital
Sponsored by the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance and the RIC Student Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center
When: 4/2/2009 8:00 p.m.

On April 2, the 7th annual Deborah Griffi n Memorial Faculty Recital will showcase faculty members of the Collegeís Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Donations will help provide scholarships to outstanding music majors through the Deborah Griffi n Scholarship Fund

Student Composer Concert*
Department of Music, Theatre,and Dance

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center
When: 4/8/2009 8:00 p.m.

Richard Stoltzman, Clarinet* with Judith Lynn Stillman, Piano
Wednesday Chamber Music Series

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center
When: 4/15/2009 1:00 p.m.
Question/Answer Session Follows

In the final concert of the series, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and Stillman will collaborate on April 15. The duo will highlight Stoltzmanís impeccable musicianship as a soloist and chamber music performer.

Chamber Music at Rhode Island College*
RIC Chamber Orchestra and Small Ensembles

John Sumerlin, Conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center
When: 4/19/2009 7:30 p.m.

California Dreamin'
RIC Wind Ensemble

Robert Franzblau, Conductor

Where: Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: 4/24/2009 8:00 p.m.

The RIC Wind Ensemble on April 24 will perform California Dreaminí, a concert highlighted by Tony Clements, a Bay Area tuba soloist, in Broughtonís Tuba Concerto. Also on the program is the world premiere of a piece for wind band by Alan Shockley, and a performance of Paul Hartís Cartoon, celebrating the creativity of Saturday morning cartoon scores.

RIC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
31st Annual Bicho Family Memorial Scholarship Concert
RIC Faculty Soloists and RI Childrenís Chorus

Edward Markward and Teresa Coffman, Conductors

Where: Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: 4/27/2009 8:00 p.m.

The Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the College Chorus and Rhode Island Childrenís Chorus in the 30th Annual Bicho Family Scholarship Concert on April 27. This Concert for Peace will include guests soprano Kara Lund, tenor Fredric Scheff and baritone Tianxu Zhou. The program includes Straussís Tod und Verklšrung, Schubertís Mass in G Major and the Rhode Island premiere of John Adamsí On the Transmigration of Souls, which commemorates the victims of Sept. 11. Edward Markward and Teresa Coffman will conduct.

Bon Voyage Choral Concert
RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers and Womenís & Men's Chorus

Teresa Coffman & Tianxu Zhou, Conductors

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center
When: 5/1/2009 8:00 p.m.

The Bon Voyage Choral Concert on May 1 will "send off" graduating music students. Performances by the RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers, Women's Chorus and Menís Chorus will celebrate the students' achievements and bid them farewell.

Jazz Clinic and Open Rehearsal* with Jazz Saxophonist, Bob Mintzer
RIC Concert Jazz Band

Joseph Foley, Conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall inthe Nazarian Center
When: 5/4/2009 2:00-4:00 p.m.

On May 4, the RIC Concert Jazz Band will join with saxophonist Bob Mintzer to offer a jazz clinic, open rehearsal and concert, led by Joseph Foley.

Jazz Concert Featuring Jazz Saxophonist, Bob Mintzer
RIC Concert Jazz Band

Joseph Foley, Conductor

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center
When: 5/4/2009 8:00 p.m.

RIC Opera Workshop Performance
Christina Breindel, Piano

Susan Rodgers and Edward Markward, Co-Directors

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center
When: 5/10/2009 7:30 p.m.

On May 10, students from the RIC Opera Workshop will perform scenes from Candide, the one-act opera The Old Maid and the Thief and other productions. Edward Markward and Susan Rodgers will co-direct the performance, with Christina Breindel on piano.

New York System: Contemporary Music Ensemble*
New Music Ensemble

Where: Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center
When: 5/12/2009 8:00 p.m.

* = Free Admission

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Theatre Events

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Lost in Yonkers
by Neil Simon

Jamie Taylor, director

Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rhode Island College Theatre Organization

Where: Forman Theatre, Nazarian Center
When: October 1 - 4, 8:00 PM
October 4 & 5, 2:00 PM

General Admission: $15

Winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Best Play: 1991 Tony Awards

By America's great comic playwright, this memory play is set in a Yonkers in 1942 features another battling odd couple, this time an old woman and her 35 year old daughter. Bella, the daughter, is a retarded, affectionate and more than enough for Grandma Kurnitz to manage. As the play opens, son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady's doorstep. He is in debt and needs to go on an extended sales trip to make some money. The boys must contend with Grandma, a stern, tough old lady; with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, who may have mob connections. Gradually, the mood deepens and darkens as the boys endure life with a family of emotionally crippled people. While the children are only temporarily exiled in Yonkers, the rest of their sad, funny family is truly lost.

"The best play Simon ever wrote." N.Y. Post.

"Broadway desperately needs a comedy, a drama, and a hit. With Lost in Yonkers, Mr. Simon has given us all three." Wall Street Journal.

"One of Simon's most impressive and funniest plays." N.Y. Daily News.

"Laughter and tears have come together in a new emotional truth. There are moments in this play when you experience a new kind of laughter for Simon, a silent laughter that doesn't explode into a "yuk" but implodes straight into your heart." Newsweek.

Anna in the Tropics
by Nilo Cruz

Nehassaiu deGannes, director

Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rhode Island College Theatre Organization

Where: Forman Theatre, Nazarian Center
When: November 12 - 15, 8:00 PM
November 15 & 16, 2:00 PM

General Admission: $15

Anna in the Tropics portrays the lives of cigar factory workers in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida, when a new lector, perhaps the last to ply his trade, is hired. The men and women remain divided in their loyalties as economic hardship and the pressure to abandon old traditions force the owners of the cigar factory to adopt new, progressive manufacturing methods if they wish to stay in business. As the lector reads from Anna Karenina, a novel of adultery set in nineteenth-century Russia, he casts a spell over the workers, transforming their passions and desires through the affirming power of art. That the love they seek may result in a tragic end is ordained as much by the story of the Russian noblewoman as it is by the actions of the workers themselves.

The Seagull
By Anton Chekhov

Directed by Naum Panovski

Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rhode Island College Theatre Organization

Where: Forman Theatre, Nazarian Center
When: February 18 - 22, 8:00 PM
February 21 & 22, 2:00 PM
General Admission: $15

Anton Chekhov's Chayka or The Seagull (variously translated in English as The Sea Gull and The Sea-Gull) is the first play in the author's second period of writing for the theater-that of the last few years of his life-in which he penned his widely acknowledged dramatic masterpieces. With it, after a hiatus of seven years, Chekhov again returned to writing plays, and he revealed his mastery of techniques that he would exploit in his other great plays of that final period: Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard. In all of them, Chekhov employs a method of "indirect action," one in which characters confront changes that result from offstage occurrences, often in a period of the characters' lives that elapses between acts. The plays also share the unique Chekhovian mood, a pervasive melancholic tone that arises from the haplessness of the characters that seem destined either to wallow in self-pity or indifference or consume themselves in frustrated passion.

In The Seagull, a work that the author himself claimed contained "five tons of love," is a play about a very human tendency to reject love that is freely given and seek it where it is withheld. Many of its characters are caught in a destructive, triangular relationship that evokes both pathos and humor. What the characters cannot successfully parry is the destructive force of time, the passage of which robs some, like Madame Arkadina, of beauty, and others, like her son Konstantine, of hope.

Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
Book & Lyrics by Jerome Ragni and James Rado Music by Galt Mcdermot

Directed by Bill Wilson

Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Rhode Island College Theatre Organization

Where: The Auditorium in Roberts Hall
When: April 16 - 18, 8:00 PM
April 18 & 19, 2:00 PM
General Admission: $20

When Hair moved to Broadway after 144 Off-Broadway performances at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre, it played for 1,750 performances on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre starring James Rado, Gerome Ragni, Lynn Kellogg, and Sally Eaton.

Hair tells the story of the "tribe", a group of politically active, long-haired "Hippies of the Age of Aquarius" fighting against conscription to the Vietnam War and living a bohemian life together in New York City. They struggle to balance their young lives, loves and the sexual revolution with their pacifist rebellion against the war and the conservative impulses of their parents and society.

Hair puts rock music and the culture that went with it on stage. The show has a strong effect on everyone, and acts as a bridge between generations and viewpoints. What looks like incredible chaos is actually organized chaos. Phenomenal musical numbers include Aquarius, Good Morning Starshine, I Believe in Love, Hair, I Got Life, What a Piece of Work Is Man and Hippie Life. This show has a vitality, a timelessness and a meaning that outlives the late 1960's and early 1970's in America.

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Dance Events

Open Dance Class with Renowned NYC based Dancer/Choreographer/Writer/Actor,
Gus Solomons, jr.

When: August 25-29, 10:00-11:30 am
Where: Melcer Dance Studio, Nazarian Center

Photo by: Marla Fodor
Gus Solomons, jr. will in residence at Rhode Island College from August 23-29 instructing master classes and creating an original piece of work on the RIC Dance Company.

Gus Solomons, jr created the title role in Donald Byrd's The Harlem Nutcracker (1996-99); directs PARADIGM, a repertory dance company for veteran performers; is an Arts Professor at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts; writes about dance for Dance Magazine, Gay City News, DanceInsider.com, Metro Daily; has an Architecture degree from M.I.T.; danced in companies of Pearl Lang, Donald McKayle, Martha Graham, and Merce Cunningham, et al. In 2000, Solomons won a Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for Sustained Achievement in Choreography; in 2001, he was awarded the first annual Robert A. Muh Award from M.I.T. as a distinguished artist alumnus; in 2004, he was awarded the Balasaraswati/Joy Anne Dewey Beineke Chair for Distinguished Teaching at the American Dance Festival, and in 2006-7, he was a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, lecturing at several U.S. universities. Solomons extensive resume further includes solo performances in the companies of Donald McKayle, Joyce Trisler, Pearl Lang, Martha Graham, and Merce Cunningham, among others, and training in Laban technique with Jan Veen at the Boston Conservatory of Music and Graham technique with Robert Cohan. Influenced by his background study of architecture at MIT, Solomons describes his approach to creating choreography as "melted architecture."

Admission: $8.00 per class

Rhode Island College Annual Mini-Series for Rhode Island School Children

When: October 22-24, 10:00 am daily
Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center


Photo by: Nikki Carrara
Rhode Island school children will be treated to the RIC Dance Company's Annual Mini-Concert Series in morning concerts October 22-24 in Sapinsley Hall in the Nazarian Center. Repertory selections will include works by Gus Solomons, jr. (NYC), Eva Marie Pacheco (RI), and Andrea Woods (NYC), Michael Bolger (RI), and Katie McNamara (RI). Offered free to all school children in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts since the 1960s, these concerts provide young audiences with an informative and enjoyable introduction to contemporary dance forms. Lastly, Rhode Island community dancers are invited to participate in open Dance Company classes with visiting choreographers in August and September.

Admission: Free to Local Schools
For more information and/or to reserve a performance call Angelica Vessella at 401-456-9791.

Rhode Island College Dance Company's October Concert with Providence Ballet

When: October 24, 2008 @ 8:00 pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center
Eva Marie has been the owner and Director of Providence Ballet for the past 13 years as well as its satellite school Providence Ballet @ Aim High Academy in East Greenwich RI; she joined the dance faculty at RI College in 2004, and Brown University the spring of 2008. She is also the Artistic Director of the Providence Youth Ballet which made its Performance debut at the Greenwich Odeum in the spring of 2004. Currently performing with the Island Moving Company of Newport RI; A RI native she was a founding member of Festival Ballet under the Direction of Christine Hennesey and Winthrop Cory. She toured with the Everett Dance Theatre in 'The Science Project', and 'Body of Work'. When not working with IMC, she can be found working with Colleen Cavanaugh, of Providence, RI and carolsomers DANCE of Boston, MA. As a choreographer, she has created several works for Festival Ballet, including 'Los Caminos' and 'In the Mood', for IMC, most recently 'Je Ne Regrette Rein'. Eva Marie's first full-length Ballet 'Twas the Night before Christmas,' premiered in December 1995 with IMC. In the winter of 2002 she was instrumental in mounting "A Newport Nutcracker" at Rosecliff for the IMC.

Outside LinkVisit the Providence Ballet website for more information.

General Admission: $14
Admission Discounts for Groups, Senior and Students

Rhode Island College Dance Company Winter Concert w. NYC based PARADIGM Dance Company

When: December 5, 2008 @ 8:00 pm
Where: Sapinsley Hall, Nazarian Center

Photo by: Tom Caravaglia
PARADIGM is the performance ensemble founded by Carmen deLavallade, Gus Solomons jr, and Dudley Williams, and now includes Hope Clarke, Valda Setterfield, Keith Sabado and Michael Blake. Together they have created an exciting new performance ensemble that vividly illustrates the eloquence that years of experience bring to dance expression. These seasoned performers infuse each movement phrase and gesture with emotional resonance and intense focus that continues the modern dance traditions.

PARADIGM's long-term goals are to promote and celebrate the talents of mature artists on stage, illustrating the eloquence that years of experience bring to the stage, as well as create a dance repertory specifically for seasoned mature, professional dancers. This repertory is being commissioned from a number of choreographers of different ages and styles. Of special interest to the ensemble is to work with young and emerging choreographers. By doing this PARADIGM works to challenge these artists to explore movement in different ways, as well as search for and utilize performance qualities that each dancer may bring to the creative process.

PARADIGM started in 1996 with the trio A Thin Frost. PARADIGM has since performed in numerous venues in New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Virginia, California and Canada to critical and audience acclaim. Performances have included: Symphony Space, Cooper Union, Aaron Davis Hall, Hudson Theatre, Vancouver International Dance Festival, Summer Stages, New York City Center's Fall for Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Admission: $14
Admission Discounts for Groups, Senior and Students

RIC Dance Company 50th Anniversary Celebration
Reflecting the Past, Illuminating the Future
RIC Dance Company

Where: Nazarian Center
When: February 26th @ 6:00 pm
Photo: Nikki Carrara The RIC Dance Company steps into the spring season on Feb. 26 with its 50th anniversary performance, Reflecting the Past, Illuminating the Future. Everyone is invited to celebrate as the company recognizes five decades of dance with an evening of history, food, drink and...DANCE!

This event is by invitation only and the cost of the ticket is $50.

For information or if you would like to be invited, please contact Angelica Cardente-Vessella 456-9791 Acardente1@ric.edu.

50th Annual Spring Concert Series
RIC Dance Company

Where: Auditorium on Roberts Hall
When: February 27 - March 1
Feb 27 & 28 @ 8:00 pm
March 1 @ 2:00 pm
The 50th annual Spring Concert Series from Feb. 27ĖMarch 1, will feature the RIC Dance Company performing works by guest, local, alumni and faculty artists. The company will perform dance pieces by Gus Solomons jr, a New York City-based choreographer; Liam Clancy '95, a San Diego-based choreographer; Eva Marie Pacheco, a dance faculty member at RIC and artistic director of Providence Ballet Theatre; Olase Freeman, assistant professor of dance at RIC; and Angelica Vessella '97, M '07, assistant professor of dance at RIC and artistic director of the Vessella Dance/Theatre Project.

General Admission: $14

Faculty & Alumni Concert
Featuring Olase Freeman and Liam Clancy
with the RIC Dance Company

Where: Forman Theatre in the Nazarian Center
When: March 26 & 27 @ 8:00 pm
Photo: Nikki Carrara The Faculty/Alumni Concert on March 26 and 27 will showcase the works of Liam Clancy and Olase Freeman, newly appointed RIC assistant professor of dance and co-artistic director of Bald Soul.

Clancy describes his work as a hybrid performance style that incorporates improvisation and experimental dance with the theatrical and humorous components of vaudeville and circus. The San Diego Union-Tribune noted that Clancy's work "mixes laugh-out-loud comedy, storytelling and sophisticated choreography." Clancy, who teaches at the University of California, San Diego, is a former Elizabeth Streb company dancer.

General Admission: $14

Student Choreography Showcase
Featuring Works by RIC Dance Students

Where: Forman Theatre in the Nazarian Center
When: April 23 & 24 @ 8:00 pm
Photo: Nikki Carrara On April 23 and 24, RIC dance students will present new works after an exciting year of taking classes, experiencing guest residencies and honing their craft as young choreographers. The Student Choreography Showcase will put the spotlight on pieces that are the result of coursework and independent projects completed throughout the academic year. This showcase provides advanced students with an ideal venue for their work and is sure to provide an evening of quality entertainment for the audience.

General Admission: $10

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